Usher Plays Dress-up

USHER has a confession to make: "Bobby Brown was my Michael Jackson." Steady there. What he means is that his childhood music hero was a guy who wore parachute pants. Wisely, Usher--or his handlers--hewed a little more classically when choosing icons for him to be photographed as for his March 5 Showtime special. Here the 26-year-old channels dapper Fred Astaire, "an elegant, graceful song-and-dance man," Usher says. He also donned Marvin Gaye's white cap--a sentimental favorite from "growing up hearing What's Going On at cookouts," he says--as well as wardrobes inspired by a young Jackson, James Brown and Miles Davis. Usher's...

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